After 97-year-old Prince Philip went missing from the annual Trooping the Colour on June 9th, millions of royal-watchers questioned his decision to miss the Queen’s birthday celebration. Known for his commitment to duty and protocol, many thought he would make an appearance on the balcony with the rest of the family.
But, since this year's Trooping the Color event came after the Duke of Edinburgh’s retirement from royal duties late last summer, it was anybody’s guess if he would consider his wife’s birthday celebration an official event or a personal one.
We all know the Prince Consort got himself up and out for grandson Prince Harry’s wedding to American Meghan Markle on May 19th, just six weeks after having undergone a hip replacement procedure.
What’s even more remarkable is that Prince Philip had suffered an additional injury just days before Harry and Meghan’s big day, a fall in the bathtub resulting in bruises and broken ribs - something we didn’t find out until afterward.
Then, no more Prince Philip sightings for a month, and when he didn’t show up at Her Majesty the Queen’s traditional birthday event, concerns grew that the Duke may not be faring so well after his mishap. Then the following day, as Philip marked his own birthday, age 97, the world was reminded of his advanced age.
Just when many were writing him off as declining into invalid status, he popped up, looking happy, healthy, and robust as he joined his wife at the Cartier Queen’s Cup Final at Windsor Great Park.
Hello! Magazine tells it this way, “The polo tournament final saw Her Majesty present awards to the players and watch the game with her husband, who looked thrilled to be there - after choosing not to attend the annual Trooping the Colour ceremony earlier this month.
"Philip underwent a hip operation in April, but happily walked unaided, and took the wheel as he and The Queen arrived at the event in their Land Rover."
What a pleasant surprise to see the still-vigorous nonagenarian out and about as though none of his health issues had even happened! here's to many more happy sightings of the Queen's beloved Prince Philip.
To look back on the happy occasion of Prince Philip's 95th birthday - just two years ago - watch the video, below.